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Author Guidelines


Manuscripts may be submitted by current Tulane University undergraduates who conducted research or scholarly or creative activity either at Tulane or elsewhere, but under the direction of Tulane faculty. Manuscripts with multiple authors, including at least one Tulane undergraduate student and/or undergraduate students of other universities, Tulane faculty or staff, and other research collaborators may be submitted. Primary authors must be undergraduate students. Recent graduates may submit manuscripts for research conducted during their undergraduate careers. Manuscripts should be submitted within the calendar year of a student’s graduation.


Other Rules

The Journal publishes original work only, including data-based research, scholarly research, and fine and performing arts projects with critical commentary, including consideration of stylistic issues, influences, process, methodology, technique, and impact. Fiction, poetry and creative writing submissions will not be considered.

To be eligible for publication the research/scholarship must be faculty-mentored.

Only English-language submissions will be considered.

Research conducted using human subjects or animal models shall be conducted only after appropriate review and approval from the responsible Tulane University boards or committees in order to be eligible for publication.

Work published in The Journal may not be previously published.

Manuscripts accepted for publication will be assigned to one of three sections:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Social Sciences, Public Policy and Business

A manuscript cannot be submitted to another journal for consideration before the journal has reached its own decision.

Simultaneous submissions are only acceptable with prior explicit approval from the Editor-in-Chief.


Manuscript review and publication

Manuscripts may be submitted at any time. Through a peer-review and faculty-review editorial process, manuscripts are examined for the qualities and caliber that make the research appropriate for publication. The Editorial Board will conduct the preliminary review and assign manuscripts that pass the first cut to reviewers.  The faculty reviewer(s) shall be an expert in the field, other than the faculty research mentor. Whenever possible, a blind review process will guarantee a fair review of the manuscript.  We expect manuscripts will be subjected to revisions for content and grammar, depending on the comments of the faculty and student reviewers and copy editors.


General Guidelines

Submit papers via the online submission system by creating a user name and logging in, then following instructions to submit.

A complete manuscript submission consists of the following:

1. Title page with contact and background information:

  • Title of paper submitted for publication
  • Name(s) of author or authors
  • Name of faculty research mentor or mentors. (If paper is an edited honors thesis list all readers.)
  • Identify majors for students and departments for faculty
  • Expected date of graduation for all student authors
  • Select one of three sections of the Journal (See above)
  • Number of words in the body of the text (not including the abstract and bibliography)
  • Citation system used in the paper (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
  • Names of one or more potential reviewers

2. A submission agreement must be signed by each and every author listed on the title page and by the faculty research mentor. Please sign and then scan the document (or documents in the case of multiple authorship) and submit it with your manuscript. The submission agreement on copyright policy also attests that the manuscript is an original work, free of plagiarism and conflicts of interest. (An exception can be made for recent graduates. In the case of a paper taken from a recent honors thesis, only the student author need sign the form.)

Please upload the completed submission agreement when the online submission system calls for 'Additional Supporting Documents.'

Link to Submission Agreement

3. An abstract (150-200 words). The abstract must be written for a general audience.

4. The body of the text and any supporting figures, tables, etc. Please do not include a table of contents or index. Length should be 3000-6000 words. (Topics in mathematical sciences may be shorter.)  Longer submissions are allowed, but absolutely no more than 8,000 words. Editors will work with authors to bring a manuscript to an acceptable length. Further length modification may be necessary at journal production time due to space constraints. Advice to authors: Please make your manuscript as polished as you can before you submit it to the Journal. We expect you to work with the editors to make your paper into publishable shape before production.


File Formats

DOC or DOCX files are acceptable. Please use Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins.


Figures, Images and Embedded Audio or Video Files

1. Photos, pictures, graphs, figures and tables should be embedded in the manuscript.

2. Images should be at least 150dpi, preferably in TIFF or JPEG format.

3.  Since the journal is electronic authors are encouraged to experiment with audio and/or video files that support the text. Authors must hold or obtain copyright permission.

4. All photos, pictures, graphs, figures and embedded files must be titled or captioned.


References, Citations, Style

1. Students wishing to submit a paper for potential publication must consult with their faculty mentors on a style appropriate to the discipline or field of research (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.). Generally, you will use the system employed in top print journals in your field. See “Citation” article in Wikipedia for a reasonably complete list of citation systems and links to style guides.

2. Consult the style guide and apply it consistently and correctly throughout the paper and the bibliography.



Manuscripts may be subjected to a plagiarism screen. Evidence of plagiarism in a manuscript will result in automatic rejection without appeal.


Word Choice

As you read through the text, consider whether you have used the best, most precise words to make your point. In academic writing words are often selected to communicate an exact meaning. However, many words are frequently used incorrectly.  The website provides a list of commonly misused words.


Grammar and Punctuation

All articles must adhere to standard American English rules of grammar and punctuation. Please see the attached websites for assistance:



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in a DOC or DOCX file format.
  3. The submission is reasonably close to the suggested length of 3000-6000 words (see Author Guidelines).
  4. The submission does not contain a table of contents, or index etc. Use subheadings to divide the article into coherent sections of text. Only the abstract, text, and bibliography will be published.
  5. The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Times New Roman font; has 1-inch margins; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  7. The submission contains a submission agreement signed by each student author and by the faculty research mentor (found here). (An exception can be made for recent graduates. In the case of a submission taken from a recent honors thesis, only the student need sign the form.) Please attach the completed submission agreement when the online submission system asks for 'Additional Supporting Documents.'


Copyright Notice

Tulane Undergraduate Research Journal is an open-access journal, so articles will be released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivs CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported license, allowing the free dissemination of the work for noncommercial purposes. Authors retain copyright to the work and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) [see]; authors further grant the journal a waiver of clause 4(b) [restriction against commercial advantage or private monetary compensation]. If the journal rejects the work, the journal simultaneously waives the granted right of first publication.



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ISSN: 2333-1062